Yesterday morning, I had one of those moments that you just know are an appointment arranged by God with His perfect timing.  I had driven to my daughter’s workplace, a fast food restaurant, to give her something she had forgotten at home, and as I parked and walked toward the restaurant, I saw a friend of mine sitting inside in the booth right next to the entry door.  I had not seen this man in probably a year, but he looked up and recognized me as soon as I looked in and recognized him.  He laughed, and I laughed and pointed at him.  I then entered the restaurant, waved, offered a quick greeting, and walked over to my daughter to deliver to her what I had come for.  After a couple of minutes of conversation with my daughter, I sat down with my friend for about 20 minutes as we caught up on the news in each other’s lives.   He had come to the restaurant with his two boys, about 5 and 6 years old, in order to give his wife a break to get some things done at home.  I knew that this was a God-ordained appointment as soon as we began talking because the discussion quickly turned to God and how he was working in each of our lives. 

I shared with him the status of my on-going battle with the U.S. Army Human Resources Command over my job and related to him that I was no longer concerned with the outcome.  I don’t even care if I win anymore.  But I entered this battle over moral principles, especially rampant and widespread Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations that I had documented and blown the whistle over, trying to expose those in our organization that were resisting their legal responsibilities to my handicapped employees and other employees throughout the building complex who are also handicapped.  So, even though I have lost every single battle along the way, owing to the complete and utter corruption that is in our modern American government, I am still in the fight, not because I want to win, but primarily because I understand what principles are at stake, and my responsibility to God to stand up for what is right.  My fight is a direct manifestation of my responsibilities as a man of God as laid out in Matthew 25 (the sheep and the goats passage) and Isaiah 58 (the “real fasting” that God wants of us, which is loving service to those around us, breaking bonds, and breaking down all Satanic strongholds within our sphere of influence which are harmful to people).

After I shared my news with my friend, he shared with me how God was working in his life and noted that he had pulled back from much of his church work because he had been convicted by God that his family life was much more important.  And he told me that he felt his main responsibilities were to spend time with his children to train them and to love on them so that they would be well developed, confident, servants of God.  He added that, because of his conviction on this matter, he had been forced to tell many people at church “no” when they came around looking for volunteers for various ministries in the church.  I sensed in his explanation that, these people who were told “no” were not pleased and couldn’t understand.  As he went on talking, he expressed that he felt God telling him that it was not possible to be too active in church and to also get the raising of children right.  I felt like this was a confirmation from God to me, not only that this man was absolutely correct in what he had decided, but also that I had been right in deciding the exact same thing at an earlier point in my life.   Since I am about 15 years older than my friend, I had been at the same point in my Christian walk 15 years earlier as he was in his walk at this current time. 

More on this tomorrow.  I pray that you will walk in peaceful and joyful fellowship with Our Awesome God.

 


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Linda
05/07/2013 4:43am

Very interesting concept.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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